Thanksgiving Day in USA 2024

Until Thanksgiving Day in USA are 182 days, ie 5 months and 29 days.

In 2024 Thanksgiving Day in USA is on 28th November (Thursday).

Many countries, cultures or religions have their own ceremonies after harvests. In some nations it is a long-lasting tradition. For example, during the English Reformation some Puritans wanted to implement Days of Thanksgiving instead of some church holidays. That tradition was carried by them to the New England and is now observed in the United States as Thanksgiving.

In the region of modern Virginia Thanksgiving was celebrated from the very beginning of the 17th century. As English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred in 1619, they demanded the day of their arrival to be annually celebrated “as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God”. In 1621 a special thanksgiving celebration took place in Plymouth. The Pilgrims, as were called Plymouth settlers, were taught by a native American, the last Patuxet surviving from a plague, how to catch eel and grow corn. Their first harvest was a huge event for them, and they celebrated it for three days. Although in that time the feast was not classified as Thanksgiving, it is nowadays considered as the most prominent thanksgiving event in American history, and many people believe that this was the archetype of Thanksgiving as it is celebrated today.

In 1777 the Continental Congress gave the First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving – it was held on Thursday, December 18. Many other proclamations were published in the following years on different days. For example, in 1795 George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving on Thursday, February 19. Some Presidents, however, such as Thomas Jefferson, did not proclaim any thanksgiving day.

Thanks to President Abraham Lincoln since 1863 Thanksgiving has been observed on the last Thursday of November every year in the United States. His successors took care of the tradition to be continued, but it was changed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, when he declared the fourth Thursday of November instead of the last one to be celebrated as Thanksgiving. Since 1942 the date was officially changed to the fourth Thursday of November, and this date is prevailing until today.

There are, of course, some traditions connected with Thanksgiving Day. A traditional Thanksgiving meal includes turkey – a symbol of American Thanksgiving, stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Many people travel to meet their family and eat the meal together. It is also a great occasion to give thanks for what people have – many Americans do that during religious services or prayers before the Thanksgiving dinner. Most organizations, schools and businesses are closed that day. Many poor people are provided food while Thanksgiving dinners are being served for them by volunteers.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving dinner is so important and so big, that Thanksgiving Day is the day when Americans consume the biggest amounts of food during the year. The second place belongs to Superbowl Sunday. There is one more thing connecting these two holidays – sport. As a tradition, American football is also an important Thanksgiving tradition.

Other years

Day of the weekDateName of holiday
Thursday27th November 2025Thanksgiving Day in USA 2025
Thursday26th November 2026Thanksgiving Day in USA 2026
Thursday25th November 2027Thanksgiving Day in USA 2027
Thursday23rd November 2028Thanksgiving Day in USA 2028
Thursday22nd November 2029Thanksgiving Day in USA 2029
Thursday28th November 2030Thanksgiving Day in USA 2030
Thursday27th November 2031Thanksgiving Day in USA 2031

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